T20 won't hurt Test cricket, says Pietersen
cricfan | April 11, 2012 at 07:53 pmby
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New Delhi: Kevin Pietersen, the England and Delhi Daredevils batsman, believes that the IPL is not the menace it is made out to be in the west, especially in his adopted country of England, and that it is not a threat to Test cricket. Speaking to CNN-IBN's sports editor, Gaurav Kalra, Pietersen also said that the IPL should have a stronger English presence.
"It saddens me when I read negative publicity of the IPL in England. I think there should be a window for the IPL to take place because it's a magnificent tournament," said Pietersen in an interview. "There's lot of money issues [and] that I think is what dampens it in England. People think that it's just a money-making racket for individuals but so what? That's just the way it is. Sportsmen get paid. What are you going to do about it?"
Pietersen, one of only a handful of English players at the IPL, agrees the league does not enjoy the best of receptions in England, blaming it on jealousy and poor PR. “It is very much struggling to find acceptance back home. It saddens me because I have had an amazing time at the IPL, and it’s down to a lot of jealousy I think which is sad...It saddens me all the negative publicity the IPL gets in the (British) media, I don’t know why,” he said.
On the other hand KKR Batsmen Kallis has said the following thing:
"A lot of us perhaps didn't accept Twenty20 cricket at first. I certainly didn't," Kallis said during an interview with ESPNcricinfo. "Then you realise that it's here to stay. It was a format of the game that I wanted to get better at and improve in, and I put a lot of time and effort into it." Kallis was dropped from South Africa's World Twenty20 squad in 2007 but worked his way back in after making notable efforts to increase his strike-rate during his time with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. He was a regular in the South African team in 2009 but stopped playing Twenty20 internationals after the World T20 in 2010, when his career needed to be better managed and South Africa looked to build different squads for each format.
Currently Delhi Daredevils is at 3rd position and KKR is at 5th position
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